LEFT END was the quintessential independent hard rock band of the 70’ and 80’s in the Mahoning Valley club scene.
Could you imagine a Left End without Dennis? I couldn’t. Yet, the band started as an R&B outfit with a soulful singer named Odie Crook. The night Left End played their final show with Odie at The Apartment in Youngstown Dennis Sesonsky of the fusion band “Holy Mackerel” walked in backstage and told the band he wanted in. The rest is history. The independent music scene was never the same again.
What great shows in the 70’s at the Packard Music Hall in Warren. Thousands of people packed the hall to hear Left End peel the paint and bring the roof down in a proper concert setting. All those hot and sweaty club gigs at Lefty & Jim’s and Foxy’s burned the memory into our brains much like the silhouettes of Japanese citizens burned onto concrete walls left standing after the bomb fell on Hiroshima. Life changing experiences for sure. The powerful wall of sound. The flamboyant stage presence of Dennis T. Menace leading his rock-n-roll army decked in mini-skirts and wedding dresses. We were ready and willing to submit to his command of the crowds. HOGHEAD!
Even in their twilight years in the early 2000’s the band still rocked with the power of their heyday. What pleasure to introduce a whole new generation to the Left End experience as I did when I took my 16-year old son for his first concert at Yankee Lake in 2003 when the band opened for Ted Nugent and Z Z Top. What a show! The rain let up just before Left End took the stage and gave the muddy campgrounds a sunny Woodstock vibe for the rest of the day. We’ll never forget that show, even though I heard that the little old band from Texas wasn’t very cordial with their opening act. Dennis and Co. have opened for many big national acts and he has plenty of backstage tales to tell of rubbing shoulders with rock’s royalty.
Wish we could bring them back for more encore performances. What a band! The music of Left End lives on. Thanks Dennis!